P-47D (Bubble versioI ordered myn) on March 10, 2003 & took delivery on May 25, 2004. This is a very special RC Kit that was worth the wait! The P-47D was designed as an exact scale representation that includes all rivets, Phillips head & slotted screws molded into all surfaces of the airplane. Carbon fiber is used throughout the airplane. Wayne Siewert, Owner/Designer and his staff are wonderful people to work with on questions you may have during the building process.
After a lot of research I decided to pattern my P-47D after one flown during WWII by Lt. Duane E Buholz from the 509th Squadron of the 405th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force, European Theater of Operations (1944).
I purchased a Franklin Mint Die Cast Model Catalog #98144 for reference. I also purchased Academy Hobby Model Kit FA209 1/48 Scale to obtain nose art decals for “Chief Ski-U-Mah II”, the name used by Lt. Duane Buholz on his P-47D. The decals were sent to Aeroloft Designs, Mesa, Arizona & blown up to 1/6 scale. Cindy Slachta of Aeroloft did a great job on the decals.
Flite-Metal was used to cover the airplane. Flite-Metal is a .0015-inch thick self adhesive aluminum covering that weighs .0022222 ounces to the square inch. The airplane was Scotch Brited trimmed in Bright Red FS 33136 & Olive Drab Shade 41. Automotive paint was mixed using the “Military Aircraft Color Guide” that was produced exclusively for Frank Tiano Enterprises. After Aeroloft decals were installed the “Chief” was given two coats of Future Floor Wax.
·Wing Span…82 inches
·Flying Weight…31 pounds
Length of Fuselage…69 inches
·JR XP8103S 8 channel Radio with R649 9 Channel Receiver. Includes six Ultra Torque Servo’s # JRPS8611 on control surfaces and Servo #JRPS531 on the Engine Control & Retract Switch.
·Mejzlik 22x8 Hollow Carbon Fiber Propeller.
·Du-Bro 32 oz. fuel tank and fuel fill valve.
·Robart Main & Tail Wheel retract gear.
·Du-Bro 5 ½ inch diameter wheels designed especially for this model.
·Electro Dynamics, Inc. landing lights.